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Hurt Me! Love Me!
by Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
at August 25th, 2006 (02:02 pm)

current location: Big Damn Writers
current mood: contemplative
Soundtrack: Patty Griffin: Standing

The device of hurt/comfort has been around fandom since before the Internet, probably before zines. I think that in a lot of ways it's a dual payoff for the reader in that there's action and conflict, and then there's a platform for the characters to bond and grow closer together.

Oddly enough for me, writing hurt/comfort is easy. What I really have a hard time writing is conflict for the characters, especially conflict that will hurt the characters emotionally or cause division between characters. I want things to be happy and good for the characters, and then I remind myself that if there's no conflict, there's no story.

Which do you find easier to write: hurt/comfort or emotional/interpersonal conflicts? Do you have problems writing either?


Posted by: cornfields (cornfields)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)

Everything of yours that I've read has rung true to me. I was never given the impression that you'd compromised your characters to make them do something I didn't think they'd do under the same set of circumstances. Hurt/comfort scenes within a larger body of work don't bother me near as much as one-shot fics that are h/c for the sake of h/c. And flowery makeup sex is always awesome! :D

Posted by: Ginger Snap (earthwhatwere)
Posted at: August 28th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)

If only my real life trails could be solved with hurt/comfort. ;)

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